100K tonnes of 40-year-old smuggled meat confiscated in China

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Chinese authorities have seized more than 100,000 tonnes of smuggled meat - some of it more than 40 years old, according to state media.

Chinese customs officials have seized around 100,000 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat, some decades old, stoking public fears about food safety standards in China.

The meat, which is composed of chicken wings, beef and pork worth up to 3bn yuan ($483m) were seized in the nationwide crackdown, the state-run China Daily newspaper said.



“It was smelly and I nearly threw up when I opened the door,” said an official from Hunan province, where 800 tonnes were seized.

One netizen has labeled this as 'Zombie meat' after the news circulated in the online world.

Rotting meat were confiscated which were bound for meat shops, restaurants and markets. According to the reports, one batch of meat has been frozen since 1970.



Much of the meat is thought to have been bought very cheaply in foreign countries. It was then shipped through Hong Kong to Vietnam and finally smuggled into mainland China, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper.


Some of the boxes photographed had been stamped by the Brazilian ministry of agriculture.

Yang Bo, the deputy director of the anti-smuggling bureau in the Hunanese capital Changsha, said they would often transport the goods in ordinary vehicles, rather than refrigerated ones, to save costs. “So the meat has often thawed out several times before reaching customers,” he said.

Poor food safety is a major concern in China, where standards are lax and scandals involving tainted products are common.


This is really disturbing, especially that this old meat can cause serious health problems that can be fatal. It is possible that they carry bird flu, foot and mouth disease and more.

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